This was the first time the Brogborough ’10’ course had been used for an NBRC club event. The course was first used a few years ago when the new link road to the Bedford bypass was opened, thereby rendering the old A421 quite quiet. It features a gift start hill that doesn’t need to to raced back up. On the other hand, the road can be quite exposed, and the surface leaves a bit to be desired in places. The Marston Moretaine roundabout needs a bit of care on the outbound leg, because the exit lane doesn’t seem in line with the entry lane!

On the evening, the weather was fairly breezy – what wind there was provided a bit of side and a bit of tail wind going out – though there was enough crosswind to make things a bit twitchy at times.

I was number 17 in a field of 21, and as I lined up at the crest of the hill in the lea of a big articulated lorry, dark clouds were gathering as the temperature dropped. A few big raindrops fell, and I think we all felt a bit apprehensive!

I set off down the hill, feeling reasonably good. There were a few minor twitches due to the wind, but nothing alarming. The outbound leg had been widely expected to be roaring fast, but I guess the real direction of the wind was not going to allow that. At times my speed fell and rose for seemingly inexplicable reasons! I had no trouble with traffic at the first pass through the Marston roundabout and only got slowed slightly at the turn roundabout. I had Andy Wickham in my sights by this time, and on the return leg used him as a target (I eventually passed him shortly before the finish).

In the return leg, my speed seemed to fluctuate quite a bit, but by dint of keeping in a quite big gear, I kept things rolling well enough. The last half mile seemed absolute torture to me! I finished in 22:30 to take second place behind Jez, who did a splendid 21:11.

Results

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 4 Jez Honor Equipe Velo 21.11 V44 26.18 .+ 5.07 1
2 17 Robert Saunders NBRC 22.30 V55 27.09 .+ 4.39 2
3 12 Simon Moss Equipe Velo 22.51 V41 26.04 .+ 3.13 4
4 21 Lindz Barral Equipe Velo 23.02 Sen.
5 13 David Carrington TeamMK 23.21 V49 26.41 .+ 3 20 3
6 6 James Barlow Albarosa CC 23.28 Sen.
7 19 Alan Crane Chronos RT 23.29 V46 26.27 .+ 2.58 6
8 16 Andy Wickham NBRC 23.35 V44 26.18 .+ 2.43 9
9 8 Ant Newland Bossard Wheelers CC 23.45 V49 26.41 .+ 2.56 7
10 3 Mick Atkinson TeamMK 23.50 V46 26.27 .+ 2.37 10
11 11 Trevor Hook TeamMK 24.34 V57 27.20 .+ 2.46 8
12 15 David Price NBRC 24.52 V47 26.32 .+ 1.40 12
13 9 Paul Woodham Bossard Wheelers CC 24.58 V63 27.59 .+ 3.01 5
14 18 Ian Markham Chronos RT 25.26 V46 26.27 .+ 1.01 14
15 7 Trevor Watson Bossard Wheelers CC 26.07 V56 27.14 .+ 1.07 13
16 14 Ross Andrew Callacher Leighton Buzzard Roads CC 26.23 Sen.
17 2 Clive Faine TeamMK / NBRC 26.26 V68 28.42 .+ 2.16 11
18 20 Luke Daniells NBRC 27.06 V42 26.09 .- 0.57 15
19 10 Dave Crane Chronos RT 33.41 V50 26.45 .- 6.56 16

Katja Rietdorf (#5) didn’t finish. Timekeepers were Steph and Tony, with Dick doing the pushing off. Bryan, who’s hand was recovering from an operation was sort of general factotum and jacket curator.